LONGTIME SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE TROOPER AND MENTOR HAS PASSED AWAY
A retired Missouri State Trooper from Southeast Missouri unexpectedly passed away on Thursday.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control Sergeant Dennis Overbey worked with the patrol from 1979 to 2013. During his time with the Highway Patrol, he served as a patrol officer, polygraphist, and criminal investigator.
Sgt. Jeff Johnson, MSHP DDCC tells KWOC News, “Dennis Overbey was one of the hardest working and most intelligent investigators I ever worked with. He had an uncanny ability to look at a case one time and be able to direct the investigation where it needed to be for a successful resolution. Dennis was a true friend and will be greatly missed. There’s not another one like him.”
He was born in Sikeston, MO and graduated from Sikeston High School in 1972 and later Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in law enforcement. He also worked for Shady Grove State School in Poplar Bluff as a Lead Driver/Bus Driver for special needs kids.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs tells KWOC News, “When I took over as Sheriff, I relied heavily on Dennis’s expertise . Dennis and I go way back! I learned so much from him! Our major case squad remains perfect with a 100% solve rate since I’ve been Sheriff because of people like Dennis Overbey. He was a mentor and a dear friend. I will never forget him and his contribution to law Enforcement. Our community owes a great debt of gratitude to an excellent investigator.”
Dennis is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary Overbey; two children, D.J. Overbey and Shannon Kaelin; and 6 grandchildren. Dennis Overbey was 64 years old.
KWOC News also spoke to Butler County Coroner Andy Moore and he says, “I had the honor of knowing Dennis personally. Growing up with his family I knew the passion that he had for the Missouri State Highway Patrol and law enforcement. After I became Coroner, Dennis and I had several conversations about investigations and he gave me advice and guidance. I cherish those conversations now and I’ll miss having him as a mentor and especially as a friend.”
We at Mississippi River Radio send our deepest condolences to the Overbey family.
MAN WANTED ON SODOMY WARRANT OUT OF MADISON COUNTY
Authorities in Madison County are attempting to locate a man for a sodomy warrant.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, they are trying to find Joseph St. Clair, who has an active warrant through Madison County for Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree.
We have a picture of St. Clair available on the KWOC Facebook page.
Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 573-783-2234.
PRESCHOOL SCREENING AND KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT SCHEDULED FOR TWIN RIVERS FISK CAMPUS
Officials in the Twin Rivers R-10 School District have announced they will be holding preschool screening and kindergarten enrollment later this month in Fisk.
Kindergarten enrollment for children turning five before August 1st, 2019 in addition to preschool screening will be held on Tuesday, March 26th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Fisk Middle School.
Screening will be conducted in areas of health, vision, hearing, dental, speech, language, and general development.
Each child should bring their immunization records, birth certificate, social security card, and a parent’s picture ID. Children enrolling in kindergarten must also bring three items providing proofs of residency.
Information will also be available for applying for Head Start and Early Childhood Programs for children who will be three years old before August 1st.
To make an appointment, call 967-3607.
GREY RIDGE MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON STATUTORY SODOMY WARRANT
An area man has been taken into custody on a statutory sodomy warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 47 year old Dennis Thorton, of Grey Ridge, was recently arrested on a warrant for two counts of statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy.
Officials say that Thorton remained in custody as of this morning on a $25,000 cash only bond.
MULTIPLE ROAD PROJECTS TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
Multiple road projects are scheduled to begin next week in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the westbound driving lane on Business 60 in will be reduced to one lane starting on Monday so contractor crews can perform bridge work over Black River. The work zone will be located between B Street and Second Street.
Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd from 8 am to 4 pm daily.
Poplar Bluff City Hall says that the City Street Department will also be doing road maintenance at the intersection of 9th and Main Streets beginning on Monday.
During the maintenance, traffic will be restricted to one lane. Officials say that the project will hopefully take no longer than two weeks.
NAYLOR WOMAN FACING METH AND WEAPON CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY
A Naylor woman is facing meth and weapon charges following her arrest Thursday night in Butler County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 25 year old Megan McColley was arrested shortly after 9 pm last night on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful use of a weapon.
McColley is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, she was held at the Butler County Jail.